Nov 1, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers head coach Norv Turner (left) after hands with Kansas City Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel after the Chargers beat the Chiefs 31-13 at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
At days end there were seven coaches who were let go on Black Monday. Of these guys, who might be a good fit for the Chargers, who should hang it up and other thoughts.
Lovie Smith – Top notch coach that I expect to land on his feet quickly. Even though the Bears let him go after his 81-63 regular-season record over nine years and one visit to the Super Bowl I would gladly see him come on board as the next Chargers head coach.
Andy Reid – Good coach and nice guy but after all that time in Philly I think he will need some time off before he commits to any new projects. He led the Eagles to the Super Bowl and had nine visits to the playoffs. Still, not for the Chargers. Take a break dude.
Ken Whisenhunt (aka The Whiz) – Left the Cardinals without much of an impact on me. I realize he had some things going against him, but finishing 45-51 with nothing exciting to mention tells me that he needs to step back to OC, but not for the Chargers.
Norv Turner – We know his story. I hope he finds a nice OC spot or just takes some time off. After having to deal with Smith for six years he deserves it.
Chan Gailey – The Bills were so odd under his watch that I would be shocked to see this guy get another coaching gig. I’m not sure if Chan is ahead of his time, some sort of coaching savant or just plain coo coo. Either way, no way should the Chargers even talk to him.
Pat Shurmur – I’m sure it’s not easy to coach in Cleveland, but he did so with style. He got a crummy team and actually got some surprise wins (Chargers included) but he never managed to whip his team into any sort of shape. He just does not have what it takes to rebuild a team or lead a good team to great. Not a candidate for the Chargers except maybe as a QB coach.
Romeo Crennel – Nice guy, but like most of the guys on this list he is better suited as a coordinator. The Chiefs realized their mistake quickly and will chose more wisely this time around. If the Bolts did pick him up he would be a great asset somewhere in the defensive coaching group.
Thanks for reading my random thoughts. I am really looking forward to how the new Chargers management and coaching staff takes form. Boltup!